1 [drong-goh]
noun, plural drongos.
any passerine bird of the family Dicruridae, of Africa, Asia, and Australia, the several species usually having black plumage and long, forked tails.

1835–45; < Malagasy

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2 [drong-goh]
noun, plural drongos. Australian Slang.
a stupid or slow-witted person; simpleton.

1920–25; probably to be identified with drongo1, as a name for the Australian bird Dicrurus bracteata; though often popularly alleged to have originated from the name of an unsuccessful racehorse of the 1920s

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drongo (ˈdrɒŋɡəʊ)
n , pl -gos
1.  Also called: drongo shrike any insectivorous songbird of the family Dicruridae, of the Old World tropics, having a glossy black plumage, a forked tail, and a stout bill
2.  slang (Austral), (NZ) a slow-witted person
3.  informal (Austral) a new recruit in the Royal Australian Air Force
[C19: from Malagasy]

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any of 20 species of Old World woodland birds constituting the family Dicruridae (order Passeriformes). Drongos frequently attack much larger birds (e.g., hawks and crows) that might hurt their eggs or young; innocuous birds (such as doves and orioles) nest near drongos to gain protection

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To this day, the drongo is regarded as a clever bird, and the bat remains upside down.
But that crazy upside-down place is enough to turn anyone into a drongo.
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